REVIEW: THE GUILT TRIP
OVERVIEW: “The “hilarious and heartfelt” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV) story of one man’s cross-country road trip with his mother, THE GUILT TRIP hits the road on
Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand April 30, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Screen legend Barbra Streisand and comic master Seth Rogen “are the perfect comedy duo” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV) in director Anne Fletcher’s (The Proposal) delightful and heartwarming comedy that is “packed with laugh-out-loud moments” (Meriah Doty, Yahoo! Movies). As inventor Andy Brewster (Rogen) is about to embark on a road trip to sell his latest product, he feels compelled to invite his mother, Joyce (Streisand), along for the ride. Across 3,000 miles of adventure and antics both Andy and Joyce discover that while they have their differences, they also have more in common than they ever realized.
An ideal gift to share with your mom on Mother’s Day, THE GUILT TRIP will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with UltraViolet™. The two-disc set comes packed with over an hour of hilarious bonus features including featurettes on Barbra and Seth, a look inside Barbra’s world, an alternate opening and ending, over 10 deleted scenes and an uproarious gag reel. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD.
Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and
who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce.
After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at
mom’s, Andy is guilted into bringing her along for the ride.
Across 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly
aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that
their lives have more in common than he originally thought. His
mother’s advice might end up being exactly what he needs.
FILM REVIEW: It takes a special kind of creative insanity (and I mean this in the nicest possible way), to take the traditional American road-trip and turn it into a road-trip from ‘hilarious-hell.’ Just imagine being an only child and being stuck alone with your overbearing mother on an eight-day cross-country odyssey. Director Anne Fletcher and Writer/Co-Writer Dan Fogelman certainly had their work cut out for them with this one. This movie is simply one big comedic torment for anyone who fears being stuck anywhere with their parents, for an extended period of time.
Needless to say, there is nothing particularly ground-breaking about the premise, as numerous flicks have previously shown friends and/or family members bonding over the crazy misadventures that they encounter on a road-trip. However, the movie does show that Seth Rogen and Streisand share an unlikely strong on-screen chemistry as they trade one-liners, and express touching moments of family gratitude and appreciation. And as the title might suggest, the plot seems to be like a rolling collection of pit-stops with cheap motels, the always obvious Grand Canyon detour, the almost always Vegas casino regret and many insanity-ridden interspersed scenes with mother-and-son stuck together driving each other over the edge.
As to be expected, Rogen emits his instantly recognizable trademark pessimistic laugh and bites on his lip a lot in the manner of a grown man who would (if he weren't behind the wheel), roll his eyes back in his head at his mother's constant nagging and “button-pushing.“ However, fortunately The Guilt Trip is not about Rogen and his antics... it seems to be more about mother/son attempting to rekindle that broken relationship that inevitably occurs during the early years of the empty nest period.
Barbara Streisand, Barbara
Streisand! If you liked her in Meet the Parents/Fockers, then I’m quite certain you’ll love her headlining this latest release. She plays the unquestionably annoying “Queen-bee“ who doesn’t exactly eat her son
(Rogen) alive, but certainly chews and naws at him, smothers him, babys him, and generally spews an encyclopedia of neurotic behaviors that have come to represent a devouring, guilt-inducing mother of an only-child. She is excellent in this role and this is arguably some of her best comedic work in years.
Overall this flick seems to be more of a “B-movie“ gone good, rather that a big-budget movie gone bad. It is very interesting on many levels and I enjoyed quite a lot of “laugh out loud“ moments and would recommend it as a good date-night movie. It certainly deserves three and a half stars out of five for clean family-friendly entertainment.
By Movie-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
English 5.1 DTS-HD
Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby
Subtitles - English
SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
Barbra & Seth
Guilt Trip: A Real Mother of a Road Trip
In the Driver’s Seat
Not Really a Road Trip Movie
Over 10 Deleted Scenes